Take Good Care of your Car, a GDFI Reminder

Having a car is not as easy as some might think. It’s like having another member of your family, to take care of, and nourish on a regular basis; and there’s so much more one needs to do to handle a car, beyond purchasing it and breaking it in. After all, it’s what gets you to where you need to be.

Here’s a short list of important things to do for the longevity of your car’s life.

Keep the interior clean

Aside from making the car enjoyable, keeping it clean makes it live longer, too, believe it or not. Using upholstery protectant helps make your fabric water-resistant, and makes it easier to vaccum dust and dirt. Waterproofing sprays are available for the leather parts of your car. Bacteria and other micro-organisms affect non-living things as well, in almost similar ways it affects us.

Do not delay repair

When something needs fixing, get it repaired quickly. Parts could somehow be related to one another and so not keeping one part well could negatively impact another soon, leading you to spend more in doing the repair later than sooner.

Protect your car from the heat of the sun

Keeping your car soaked in the sun for an extensive period of time could affect the interior, particularly the leather, plastic and rubber parts. It can also increase fuel consumption by having to cool it off prior to restarting the engine.

Maintain proper tire pressure

Incorrect tire pressure will compromise cornering, braking and stability. And in the worst-case scenario, improper tire pressure can lead to tire failure — and serious accidents. Incorrect tire pressure also affects your comfort, fuel economy and tire life.

Drive it as it’s meant to be

Unused cars are prone to fuel stagnation which breeds bacteria, and stuck parts which could potentially cause it to fail.

Wash the body, of course

If possible, wash the body each week and care to remove the road salt and dirt from the fender wells and undercarriage. The windshield, rear view mirrors, and the headlights need regular cleaning because keeping them dirty can lead to safety hazards.

Read your car manual

Information about upkeeping your unit, including lubrication requirements, service intervals, and change oil details are all in there. Save money by not having to spend unnecessarily on maintenance which are not really required by your carmaker.

For questions regarding this write up, please email cpguanzon@gdfi.ph.

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